Fireworks display wows large crowds at annual Gunwharf Quays show

113856-240_GUNWHARF_QUAYS_SR_28/10/11'Ella Legated (60)  watches the spectacular halloween firework display at Gunwharf Quays with her granddaughter Aaliyah Hill (8).''Picture:Steve Reid 113856-240

113856-240_GUNWHARF_QUAYS_SR_28/10/11'Ella Legated (60) watches the spectacular halloween firework display at Gunwharf Quays with her granddaughter Aaliyah Hill (8).''Picture:Steve Reid 113856-240

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A HUGE fireworks display – set off from a barge in front of the Spinnaker Tower – wowed a crowd of thousands last night.

The show was part of Gunwharf Quays’ Best of British event, which celebrated our own home-grown music and dance talent.

113856-113_GUNWHARF_QUAYS_SR_28/10/11'Large crowds watch the spectacular halloween firework display at Gunwharf Quays.''Picture:Steve Reid 113856-113

113856-113_GUNWHARF_QUAYS_SR_28/10/11'Large crowds watch the spectacular halloween firework display at Gunwharf Quays.''Picture:Steve Reid 113856-113

Rockets soared through the skies as the crowd listened to British tunes voted for by the public through Facebook and radio station, Wave 105.

And for youngster Aaliyah Hill, it was a night to remember.

The eight-year-old of Warren Avenue, Milton, said: ‘The fireworks were excellent.

‘I really liked the ones at the end because they were the brightest.

‘It was the biggest and best display I’ve ever seen.’

Before the display, visitors enjoyed dance performances from local groups Kaleidoscope, The Neptune Girls, and hip-hop crew Streetforce DC.

The Three Belles also sang a variety of 1940s classics in costume from the era.

Mike Regan, 54, of Blackbrook House Drive, Fareham, said: ‘It was a really pleasant atmosphere and there were lots of families there which is great.

‘It’s so refreshing to get something like this for free rather than having to pay for it.’

During the day, craft workshops were held for children by Wet Picnic theatre group.

Youngsters also had a chance to explore the country’s history and create their own original artwork, some of which was displayed shortly before the fireworks.

Carlen Keens, 25 of Yarborough Road, Southsea, said: ‘It was a fantastic evening.

‘The fireworks were fantastic and the atmosphere was incredible

‘I just wish it could’ve gone on a bit longer.’

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